Dec 9, 2013 6:00am PST
photo fight at the white house. the obama administration is giving staff photographs access to the president that media organizations should have too. good morning from washington. details coming up on preparations for the massive memorial service for nelson mandela in south africa. we are starting with the economy. there have been solid job numbers and major revision for the gd approximate, and a strong end to the week on wall street. it has a bunch of experts predictioning that a steadily improving economy is on the horizon for the coming year. what would that mean politically? health care and obstruction are the clubs are choice for the two parties. they are beating each other up over both issues and both could be problems as well. the economy is the wild card right now. right now things are looking up. on friday we got word that they push the average jobs growth to 189,000 a month. not great, but not horrible. it's an improvement over 2012. unemployment is down to 7% down 18/10 of a point from this time last year and the lowest since november of 2008. we saw a big revision that
Dec 3, 2013 6:00am PST
sort of mixed message that the obama administration sent by, on one hand, having the pentagon do the unarmed b 52s flying right through the zone, not telling the chinese, essentially finger in the eye a little bit, but then at the same time the faa does something different? did biden explain this contradiction? >> it's been a huge and confusing story here, and joe bide en in his comments to the public did not address that. privately, vary officials here have talked to us about it. and, you know, to be candid it's very confusing because what they're saying is the faa at a very low level is doing what it has always done, which is, you know, not necessarily just with regard to china but when these zones have appeared it's just to have commercial carriers, you know, notify those that have set up these zones. so they're skirting the notion that anything different is being done with regard to this china adiz. but the fact remains that, you know, usair carriers have been beginning to issue these flight plans to the chinese and the japanese airlines have not. and today prime minister abe sai
Dec 2, 2013 6:00am PST
clinton effect. why take the risks of worging in a second obama administration when you can make $300,000 and work for hillary. this is a democrat saying this. a blind quote, here's the thing. it's stunning to read and not stunning to hear. >> it's not stunning at all in the fact that it's the way washington thinks. if you told me the president would not pass gun control, of course not. immigration we thought was something where there was potential for movement. part of this is the republicans. there is big policy visiting the republicans. that's driving this. they passed a tax increase with the president, but in general not a lot moving. things are going to move on and they are looking and talking about hillary clinton and what's going to happen then in 2017 as if he's a lame duck already. >> that doesn't help. this quote is like -- the problem the president has is that perception among democrats in washington that he's already a lame duck. that's what the quote screams. >> you have to separate out what goes on here. the thinking of people here and the calculations and all that.
Dec 10, 2013 6:00am PST
. >>> the obama administration is stepping up its lobbying push on iran today. secretary of state john kerry is will try to persuade capitol hill skeptics on both sides of the aisle to give him more time before passing new sanctions that the white house argues would derail sensitive nuclear negotiations and make it more likely that iran successfully develops a nuclear weapon. last night kerry assured an american jewish audience that the u.s. will hold firm on its red line on iran. >> we will not allow iran to acquire a nuclear weapon, not now, not ever. >> aides say a bipartisan group of senators is, quote, inches from finalizing a deal on sanctions legislation. it hopes to attach as an amendment to the defense authorization bill which congress could vote on before it adjourns for the holidays. now, in an interview with "time" magazine iran's foreign minister warned if lawmakers passed any new sanctions, then the entire deal is dead. we do not like to negotiate under duress. if congress adopts sanctions it shows lack of seriousness and lack of a desire to achieve resolution on the part